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Q&A With the Conference Chair:

Kirk Knoernschild


What’s ahead for technologists?

Question 1

What are the hottest issues in cloud today?

Cloud computing and cloud services are the most pervasive and broadly impactful technical innovations facing enterprise IT today. Cloud underpins many other technologies, such as big  data, analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT). Organizations need the cloud’s scalable architecture to support on-demand  capacity. Also, the cloud allows them to take advantage  of many value-added services. Organizations that take a  “wait and see” approach run the risk of being disrupted by  others in their industry.

Organizations face challenges, however. They struggle with  how to transform the organization so it’s prepared to deploy and manage cloud solutions. In addition, they must ensure that cloud solutions deliver ROI and manage ongoing cost optimization of public cloud services. As cloud providers continue to innovate, the market becomes increasingly competitive. It’s no longer one-size-fits-all, and organizations look to the cloud for specific solutions rather than whole-scale migration. Because of this, organizations must establish a governance strategy for multiple public cloud platforms. A multiprovider strategy is also necessary to help organizations address the risk surrounding lock-in by selecting a second strategic partner.

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Question 2

How will analytics impact your data management strategy?

Analytics is what makes big data work for enterprises. It automatically takes insights gleaned from algorithms and puts them into action. Soon, businesses will be valued not just by  their revenue growth, but by the quality of their digital analytics that will be at the core of customer interactions.

Take, for example, car manufacturers such as Ford and Honda. Their vehicles will generate telemetric information, which in turn will be used in analytics, alerting customers to critical maintenance information, updates on road conditions in real time and much more. This is what you should be considering right now: “How do I analyze big data? How do I integrate these analytics into  my existing systems? How can those analytics help transform the business?”

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Question 3

How are IoT, mobile and other edge devices changing the way you deliver IT solutions?

Ten years ago, mobility disrupted how a number of businesses deliver solutions. Mobile apps put an organization’s brand in the palm of users anywhere, anytime. But mobile also changed how you develop, deliver, manage and secure solutions. Once centralized and locked away behind the corporate  firewall, consumers and employees alike are discovering  new ways of working and interacting with their companies.

Mobility is simply the tip of the iceberg in the client- side computing renaissance. Web technologies continue  to mature and alternative endpoints, such as automobile telematics systems and IoT sensors and gateways,  are emerging, which will keep changing the way you  deliver solutions. IT organizations must understand  how to develop, deliver, manage and secure solutions  on the edge.

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Question 4

What are containers and why do they matter?

In the past two years, containers have become a  hot topic in data center and software development.  Why? Increased agility. Offering a type of virtualization,  containers allow developers to compress and streamline  their development cycles by solving the problem of  how to get software to run reliably from one computing environment to another — from desktop to test  environment to production.

Benefits to the business are significant — getting software  and services to market that much faster. Using containers  also can be a tremendous boon to organizations that are struggling to adopt DevOps practices. For building and  deploying, many IT organizations use Docker, a container management framework that gives developers accessibility  and ease of use.

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Question 5

What makes Gartner Catalyst Conference different from other events?

We live in the most technologically diverse ecosystem ever. Yet the breakneck pace of technology evolution continues  to accelerate. Compounding the challenge? The converging ecosystem of interrelated technologies, which include cloud,  big data, IoT, mobile, DevOps and analytics, is part of a  holistic solution. Every decision builds upon what has come before and lays the foundation for what comes next.
Gartner Catalyst Conference is the industry’s only multirole technology conference providing an unbiased view of the  hottest technologies that will shape the future of your digital business. The conference delivers insight for all roles in IT,  giving your team the deep insight necessary to guide its  most crucial technology initiatives.

With more than 50 Gartner analysts attending, Gartner Catalyst Conference delivers the unbiased, cohesive and comprehensive view into the architectures and technologies that will power the future of your digital business. Catalyst is the must-attend event to help you architect your digital future. See how you can make a difference within your organization by attending Gartner Catalyst Conference 2017 in San Diego, CA, August 21 – 24.

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